Nokia Lumia 800
Nokia Lumia 800

Orange has confirmed that Nokia's newly released Lumia 800 Windows Phone has attracted the most "attention" it's ever seen for a Nokia device.

First reported by Engadget, Orange representatives confirmed that the Lumia 800's opening sales figures were the highest it had ever seen on any Nokia device. The company went on to clarify that the statement was based on the Orange's own internal pre-order statistics.

Though impressive, gauging the significance of Orange's statement is difficult. When asked for the exact details Orange was coy about giving a ball-park estimate, let alone a firm figure. The lack of concrete numbers makes it impossible to gauge how the device performed compared to its current chief competitor, the iPhone 4S.

According to reports from Apple the iPhone 4S broke Apple's previous pre-orders sales records, boasting one million pre-orders in its opening 24 hours. Apple later released a separate statement reporting the device had broken the three million sales mark by the end of its opening week.

Unveiled in October during 2011's Nokia World, the Lumia 800 was described by Nokia as "the first real Windows Phone." Currently selling SIM-free at around the £399 mark the device met with mixed initial reactions, with fans being sceptical of the device's single-core 1.4GHz processor and Windows Phone Operating system.

Despite the initial skepticism, to date the Lumia 800 has met with a generally favourable reaction. Tech sites such as CNET UK and TechRadar all specifically mention the Lumia 800's Mango operating system as being a particularly good selling point, describing it as user-friendly and intuitive.

Check back at the IBTimes later in November for a full review of the Lumia 800.